A black bottom line bordered in orange runs along the lower part of the Black Bit's wings.
The brown adult moth has two black spots near the 'shoulders', where the forewings begin. These black bits are shaped like a rounded triangle or heart. Smaller black marks curve around the rest of the wings. A bold dark line crosses the wings near the bottom and is highlighted by a thin orange line just above it. Small, dark, evenly spaced dots run along under these lines. Each wing has two oval reniform spots or rings in the center that touch. Just above the fringe, a dark line seems to zigzag its way across all four wings.
Brown caterpillars feed on legumes like panicled tickclover, hog peanut vine, and wisteria as well as locust. Their long, slender bodies have thin, dark brown lines running down the length of them, helping them look more textured like a woody stem. Two broods can be produced each year.
Scientific Name: Celiptera frustulum
Butterfly or Moth
Size (Adult; Length): 19mm to 21mm (0.74in to 0.82in)
Colors: brown; black; orange
Descriptors: black guitar picks; black hearts; black orange line; flying; brown ring
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Butterfly and Moth Anatomy
Antennae: Butterflies and Moths have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and proboscis.
Thorax: Home to the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Abdomen: Contains vital internal organs such as the heart(s) and reproduction facilities.
Forewing: The upper, forward wing pair used for flying.
Hindwing: The lower, rearward wing pair used for flying.
NOTE: Butterflies and Moths are part of the Lepidopteran order as they share many similarities.